Last month, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei was caught cheating on benchmark tests, with P20 and P20 Pro being among the prominent phones. Now, two Oppo smartphones, the Find X and F7, have reportedly been caught cheating in benchmark results. Both smartphones have now been delisted from 3DMark’s benchmark leaderboard.
The Find X and F7 were allegedly programmed to recognize the 3DMark app from Google Play Store. It would then allocate system resources to ensure a better score when the benchmarking app was running. UL Benchmark, the company behind 3D Mark tested both devices again with a private version of the app, and found that the scores were 41 percent higher with the publicly available app, compared to private one.
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“When we detect that the user is running applications like games or 3D Benchmarks that require high performance, we allow the SoC to run at full speed for the smoothest experience,” UL said in a post. After finding out about the benchmark cheating, UL contacted Oppo, where it admitted that it was detecting 3DMark to optimize performance and get higher scores.
Oppo explained how it manages power and performance on its smartphones for apps that aren’t recognized. “For unknown applications, the system will adopt the default power optimization strategy…After the user has not actively operated for 5 to 10 seconds, the device limits the system performance to 70% to 80% of the maximum performance (according to different platforms)…When there is a user operation, it will immediately cancel the performance limit, to ensure that the user experience is not affected.”
Oppo told UL Benchmarks that it is looking to improve its approach which will eventually benefit the users. How the company plans on doing that remains to be seen.